The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of February 3, 2020; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Daily Shouts Cartoonist

The Cover: a snowy bridge. Read the Q&A with the cover artist here, and see the pretty digital snowflakes fall.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

In a throw back to earlier Monday Tilley Watches, I’ll take a quick tour through all the cartoons in the issue; a mostly text-driven drive-by of the work.

The first drawing, by David Sipress, references the recent demise of Mr. Peanut (is he really gone, or was it just a dream?). The topic of the late legume was recently covered here.

…Julia Suits’s pirate in cargo shorts on a gangplank is next (cannot see cargo shorts/pants on a New Yorker cartoon character without thinking of the below cargo pants drawing by the late great Leo Cullum — it appeared in The New Yorker,  August 17, 1998:

…The third cartoon (oh, alright: drawing) in the issue belongs to Barbara Smaller, who’s been contributing to the magazine since 1996.  A bedroom, a married couple, and a reasonable question.

…next is a Zach Kanin poker game (assuming it’s poker — I see chips on the table). I really like the three card players Mr. Kanin has drawn. The fellow to the left looks a little like Ernest Borgnine (with a pinch of Broderick Crawford tossed in?):

To me, the guy on the far right resembles Mandy Patinkin.

…next up: Liana Finck on an age-old flooring concern. Nice floating ghost.

…Harry Bliss and one of his collaborators (Steve Martin) address a potential problem for passengers on one of those floating mini-cities sailing the seven seas.

…five pages later: an Emily Flake drawing far far removed from her usual style and cartoon concerns. Think Hindenburg disaster mashed with social media done in a sort of Stuart Leeds style.

…on page 45, a Tersa Burns Parkhurst retirement party. Dunno why but the cartoon reminds me of MAD magazine’s Dave Berg’s “Lighter Side Of…” drawings (that’s a good thing!).

…on page 43 is a drawing by Mick Stevens, one of the most veteran artists in this issue.  He began contributing in December of 1979 (Roz Chast in this issue with a full page color Sketchbook, beats him out by more than a year– her first drawing appeared in June of 1978).  I wonder if the male dancing bird in Mr. Stevens’s drawing was originally in color. Either way (color, or b&w), a fab cartoon.

…David Borchart’s auto rental drawing (page 43) gets a Spill gold star for the use of the word “rassle.” Zeke, the fellow that’s prepared to rassle, is also mighty terrific.

…On page 54 is an Ed Steed drawing that at first glance reminds me of Zach Kanin’s in this same issue, but only because, in both drawings, the viewer is seeing a table front and center and from near precisely the same angle. Instead of card players (as seen in Mr. Kanin’s drawing) we have animated garden utensils and tools. They’re plotting something.

…next up is a Robert Leighton drawing of mountain climbers.  I love how Mr. Leighton has immediately tossed us into a situation that would normally demand the best possible equipment available. You gotta feel for the climber who came unprepared.

…Thoroughly enjoyed  — as usual with Lars Kenseth’s work — his drawing of campers situated down on the ground, and in much nicer weather than Mr. Leighton’s. Look at the care he took in adding the reflection of the moon on the lake.

…next up is a three panel hat x-ray drawing by Liza Donnelly ( who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1982). This drawing answers the oft-asked question of what could possibly occupy all that beanie air space. Love the kitty!

Lastly, Adam Douglas Thompson (the most junior artist in this issue — his first drawing appeared in The New Yorker in the issue of April 8, 2019) gives us a sort of contemporary Chon Day drawing (it’s on page 68). “Sort of” because Mr. Thompson’s line and Mr. Day’s line have different flows.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

This man (Rea Irvin) is wondering what happened to his beautiful Talk masthead design (shown below). You know — the one that appeared in The New Yorker for 92 years, not the re-draw that’s been around since May of 2017.  Who took the iconic masthead away, and why, and where oh where can it be? Actually, the answer to the first question is easy. Perhaps the last question is easy as well.  It likely resides in a file on a desktop, easily accessed. The question of why is the puzzler. Read more about its disappearance here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Daily Shouts Cartoonist

The Daily Cartoon: by Brendan Loper, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

…and a Daily Shouts by J. A. K., who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

 

The Weekend Spill: The Tilley Watch Online, January 20-24, 2020; Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial; Emily Flake In Baltimore; A Must See: John Cuneo At The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium

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An end of the week listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper, Jon Adams, Brendan Loper (twice), Carolita Johnson

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck

Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

To see all of the above and so much more, link here.

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A Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial

Liza Donnelly has been tirelessly drawing while watching the zillion hours of the Impeachment trial (she’s drawing right this very second).  See her efforts on Instagram.

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982.  Visit her website here.

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Emily Flake In Baltimore

From Ms. Flake’s website this notice of an event April 4, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the meantime, check out her latest book, That Was Awkward (shown above).

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Symposium Of Interest: John Cuneo

A must see: the one-and-only John Cuneo at The New York Comics Picture-Story Symposium, February 25th. Here are just a few of his New Yorker covers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wednesday Spill: New Yorker Folks At SXSW 2020; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Fave Photo Of The Day

New Yorker Folks At SXSW 2020

From SXSW’s schedule, here are several events featuring various New Yorker folks.

On March 14th, 2020, a talk by veteran New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly: ‘Humor Connects Us”  

On March 15, 2020, “New Yorker Cartoons In Augmented Reality” with the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, cartoonist Liana Finck, and others.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on moving the impeachment hearings.

Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.

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Fave Photo Of The Day

Here’s a photo from the Spill archives of a family cat settled down in front of a Jack Ziegler original. The drawing, titled The Jungle Never Sleeps, appeared in The New Yorker,  July 28, 1980.

 

The Weekend Spill: The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of January 13-17, 2020; A Note About Next Week’s New Yorker

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An end of the week listing of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Brendan Loper (twice), Mort Gerberg, David Sipress, J.A.K.

Daily Shouts: Olivia de Recat & Julia Edelman, Emily Flake

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

To see all of the above and more go here.

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A Note About Next Week’s New Yorker

Oddly, the digital edition of next week’s issue (January 27, 2020) has appeared two days early. Although it’s out today, I’m going to stick to the usual Monday posting of commentary on the cartoons.

In the meantime here’s the cover, by Luci Gutierrez, and the line-up of cartoonists in the issue:

 

 

 

The Wednesday Spill… Video Of Interest: Liana Finck; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Video Of Interest: Liana Finck

From The Cut, “How New Yorker Illustrator Gets It Done” — this fun 5 minute video on Liana Finck, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.  Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper‘s midweek crisis.

Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.